Monday, August 31, 2015

08/31 DR. NATALIE STRAND, HOW TO MANAGE CHRONIC PAIN

ERIK HINES CHATS WITH DR. NATALIE STRAND ABOUT SOME BREAKTHROUGH TIPS & TECHNOLOGY AND HOW TO MANAGING CHRONIC PAIN

An estimated 100 million American’s suffer from chronic pain, affecting more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. In fact, an estimated 20% of American adults (42 million) report that pain or physical discomfort disrupts their sleep a few nights a week or more; and seven in ten Americans feel that pain research and management should be one of the medical community’s top few priorities.  With questions raised about overuse of prescription opioids, many are looking new alternatives.

September is pain awareness month, and Dr. Natalie Strand is on hand and available to inform viewers of breakthrough techniques to manage chronic pain. Specifically, she will discuss first-of-its-kind, groundbreaking wearable technology – the only FDA cleared wearable for 24/7 chronic pain relief. Dr. Strand will also explain and advise viewers on how to navigate pain relief information, while seeking a more comfortable, healthy lifestyle.

Some tips from Dr. Strand:

  • Stay active - Exercising can be difficult when you’re struggling with chronic pain, but light exercise can actually help soothe the discomfort from certain conditions.
  • Eat a healthy balanced diet - Establishing a well-balanced relationship with food can help to maintain a healthy weight, and provide the energy and nutrition needed to maintain an active lifestyle. Certain foods, like cherries, ginger and hot peppers have ingredients that may help to reduce pain.
  • Get a good night’s rest - Creating a good sleep environment is the first step toward improving sleep. Experimenting with blackout shades or white noise machines is first step. Devices that track sleep can also be beneficial to help analyze sleep activity.
  • Explore new technology options – New wearable devices, can provide customizable pain relief and potentially reduce the need for pain medication.
  • Try acupuncture & massage - Acupuncture is believed to work by increasing endorphins and blood flow throughout the body, helping to reduce pain.

Dr. Natalie Strand is the Medical Director at Freedom Pain Hospital and director of integrative medicine programs, focusing on a comprehensive approach to help those suffering from pain.  She has been an on-camera medical correspondent for CNN/HLN, Rachel Ray Show, EXTRA!, The Doctors and local news stations. Dr. Strand has appeared on several radio programs including NPR.  She lives with type 1 diabetes and won CBS’s The Amazing Race.

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